‘Kashmir is high-cost destination with bad infrastructure, service’

Published at March 21, 2017 12:52 AM 0Comment(s)2220views

Maharashtra Tour Operators Association suggest ways to improve tourist flow 

‘Kashmir is high-cost destination with bad infrastructure, service’

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 While the department of tourism is making all out efforts to promote tourism outside the state, back home the high cost, poor services, harassment and bad infrastructure is playing spoilsport.
In a recent seminar titled “See Kashmir in a New Light” organized by the department in Mumbai, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who was the chief guest on the occasion had to cut a sorry figure after Maharashtra Tour Operators Association (MTOA) expressed dissatisfaction over the service and infrastructure on high-cost tour packages to Valley.
MTOA in a newsletter that was released during the seminar pointed out the unorganized pony services at the popular tourist places like Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, etc was repelling tourists.
“There are no fixed prices for pony ride at Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg which creates problems for the tourists. We face a lot of problems since there is no fixed policy by local suppliers,” said the President of the MTOA in the newsletter.
Maharashtra has traditionally been one of the big markets for Kashmir tourism where over 40 percent of the domestic tourists visit Valley.
The Maharashtra tour operators also complained about unhygienic conditions in the houseboats and increased tariffs by the hoteliers besides bad road conditions.
“There are always complaints from tourists about hygiene and cleanliness and security,” said MTOA in the newsletter.
It also said that in Srinagar, hoteliers are increasing rates citing that they have to do business for three or four moths only.
“Increasing rates are against tourism promotion of the Kashmir due to high value of the tour package. Kashmir becomes high-cost destination with less services and bad infrastructure. Hoteliers should be advised to have reasonable rates,” suggested MTOA.
They also suggested tourism department to appoint nodal agency for single widow permission for film shooting.
Besides, MTOA also suggested state government to road and air connectivity to Kashmir besides controlling air fare. They also suggested tourism department to regulate Gondola ticket bookings for tourists visiting in groups.


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